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Steve Scalise provides positive health update about cancer battle
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Steve Scalise provides positive health update about cancer battle

House Majority Leader Steve Scalise, who announced last month that he had started treatment for cancer, shared a positive update about his health on Wednesday.

The Louisiana Republican said during remarks on Wednesday that "the cancer has dropped dramatically" due to chemotherapy.

"Thank you for all your prayers—and thank God they are being answered," Scalise said in a tweet.

GOP Rep. Burgess Owens of Utah and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) hailed the news.

"Never underestimate the power of prayer! Great news for my friend @SteveScalise," Owens tweeted.

"God answers prayer. Great news!" tweeted McCarthy.

Last month, Scalise had announced his cancer diagnosis.

"After a few days of not feeling like myself this past week, I had some blood work done. The results uncovered some irregularities and after undergoing additional tests, I was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, a very treatable blood cancer," he said in a statement at the time.

"I have now begun treatment, which will continue for the next several months," he noted in the statement. "I am incredibly grateful we were able to detect this early and that this cancer is treatable. I am thankful for my excellent medical team, and with the help of God, support of my family, friends, colleagues, and constituents, I will tackle this with the same strength and energy as I have tackled past challenges."

Scalise survived being shot in 2017 when an individual opened fire at a practice for a congressional baseball game.

He has served as a House lawmaker for a little over 15 years.

"Multiple myeloma is a cancer that forms in a type of white blood cell called a plasma cell. Healthy plasma cells help fight infections by making proteins called antibodies. Antibodies find and attack germs," according to the Mayo Clinic. "In multiple myeloma, cancerous plasma cells build up in bone marrow. The bone marrow is the soft matter inside bones where blood cells are made. In the bone marrow, the cancer cells crowd out healthy blood cells. Rather than make helpful antibodies, the cancer cells make proteins that don't work right."

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